How to Stay Up (Awake) All Night
If you have arrived at this hub, then you're probably looking for ways to stay up at night. Well, considering it's 3:57AM at the moment I write this sentence, I feel that I may be able to help you out in this particular endeavor.
There are many reasons why one would want to stay up all night. Perhaps it's already late and you have an early appointment and you don't trust yourself to get up in time if you go to bed. Maybe you're out partying and don't want to stop until the sun comes out. Maybe you're working the graveyard shift and need to stay awake (falling asleep on the job would be ill-advised, obviously).
No matter your reasons, I will be explaining the tricks I have personally used to stay awake all night long on countless occasions. So, let's get going.
Shift your Sleep Schedule
This is perhaps the most important tip I can give you. Basically, you need to get eight good hours of sleep. However, when you want to stay up at night, this is considerably harder to do. See, the average human body is built around the concept of sleeping at night and staying awake. There are all sorts of hormones that work together to promote the feeling of wakefulness during the day and sleepiness during the night.
Mind you, there are people that have an inverted sleep cycle (such as myself). In that case, everything works backwards. You would feel tired during the day and awake during nighttime. However, even if you have a "normal" sleep cycle, you can force yourself to stay awake at night.
Anyway, the easiest way to shift your sleep schedule is one hour at a time. Suppose that your normal bedtime is 11PM. Well, tomorrow, go to bed at midnight. Then, the day after that go to bed at 1AM, and so forth until you get to your desired time of going to bed. It is essential that you spend no more than eight hours (give or take a half-hour or so) in bed while doing this because your body is going to try to force you to sleep more to compensate for the strange sleep cycle. Oversleeping isn't a good thing at all, so be sure to set an alarm if you can't wake on your own.
It sounds rough and, up to a point, it is, but you'll be fine as long as you're getting enough sleep.
Hot Chocolate! (Or Coffee)
I love chocolate. I'm not even going to attempt to hide that fact. Of course, chocolate also contains caffeine, which promotes wakefulness. Of course, coffee would be a better choice for a beverage if you can stomach it, but I personally can't. Also, I don't recommend abusing caffeine too much, as the effects are lessened if you drink too much, and you run the risk of getting addicted (and then get painful headaches when you don't drink any caffeine).
This is also a very important subject to touch upon when one wants to stay up at night. Basically, you need to stay active. Things you can do during night time to stay active include:
- Listen to lively music
- Play video games
I'm sure you can come up with other things you could do. The most important thing is that you do not do something that would relax you. That's why I didn't recommend reading or other low-activity tasks.
Note: Watching TV is a weird gray area. For me, it keeps me from falling asleep later on. However, there are people that fall asleep watching television. Find out which group you belong to and make your own judgment call.
If you're working a graveyard shift and have co-workers, I congratulate you. You probably have it much easier than the average person trying to stay awake. Just get them to talk to you and you should be fine unless you haven't slept adequately. Also, if you're working at that time, then move around and find something to do. Staying idle will just make you sleepy.
In conclusion, hot chocolate and staying active are the two main ways that I stay up all night after shifting my sleep schedule. This will be easier if your body favors a nocturnal (night-time) sleep cycle, but is far from impossible even if your body favors a diurnal (day-time) sleep cycle.
Feel free to talk about your own tactics for staying up all night in the comments section below!
Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)